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Proverbs 8:27-28

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8:27 When he established the heavens, I was there;

when he marked out the horizon 1  over the face of the deep,

8:28 when he established the clouds above,

when the fountains of the deep grew strong, 2 

1 sn The infinitive construct בְּחוּקוֹ (bÿkhuqo, “to cut; to engrave; to mark”) and the noun חוּג (khug, “horizon; circle”) form a paronomasia in the line.

2 tn To form a better parallel some commentators read this infinitive בַּעֲזוֹז (baazoz), “when [they] grew strong,” as a Piel causative, “when he made firm, fixed fast” (cf. NIV “fixed securely”; NLT “established”). But the following verse (“should not pass over”) implies the meaning “grew strong” here.



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